Did Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Admit That He Is Not Involved in the Spiritual or Christian Dimensions of Liberty University?

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We covered Falwell’s “grow a pair” tweet here.  And then we did a post on his decision to delete the tweet.  But amid all the discussion, I missed an important part of this story.  Here is a taste of a Washington Times piece on the controversy:

Mr. Falwell deleted the tweet after people complained about its crudeness. He later responded to critics by clarifying that he is not a spiritual leader.

“You’re putting your ignorance on display. I have never been a minister. UVA-trained lawyer and commercial real estate developer for 20 yrs,” he wrote. “Univ president for last 12 years-student body tripled to 100000+/endowment from 0 to $2 billion and $1.6B new construction in those 12 years

“The faculty, students and campus pastor @davidnasser of @LibertyU are the ones who keep LU strong spiritually as the best Christian univ in the world,” he added. “While I am proud to be a conservative Christian, my job is to keep LU successful academically, financially and in athletics.”

Interesting.  It almost seems like Falwell is not interested in the links between Christianity and the academic, financial, and athletic “success” of Liberty University.  It sounds like he is excusing his crude tweet by claiming that he is not a minister and thus not  responsible for the Christian culture of Liberty.  If you are a Liberty University faculty member, parent, student, or alumnus, this might be a good thing! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Did Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Admit That He Is Not Involved in the Spiritual or Christian Dimensions of Liberty University?

  1. “…commercial real estate developer for 20 yrs…”

    Now I get it.

    Yet, when it is to his benefit he is perfectly happy with being viewed as a spiritual/Christian leader.

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  2. Yeah, I tweeted about this. It reveals JF Jr’s worldview, which is fairly common across American evangelicalism (and some mainline circles). It is both antinomian (Christian ethics re. speech don’t apply to successful businessmen like me), and mammon-centric (outward success justifies all). No sense of humble introspection or the pursuit of godliness as more critical than material success, in my opinion. It’s almost not his fault: he is just being true to the marching orders of so much of that swath of American Christianity.

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